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Review: 'Filth,' Based On The Irvine Welsh Novel, Starring James McAvoy

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 21, 2013 11:29 AM
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One thing we resolved early on, having read around on the subject a little: to try, try, try to get through just the first sentence of our review of “Filth,” the Jon S. Baird-directed adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, without mentioning “Trainspotting.” So, obviously, we’re pretty disappointed with ourselves. But disappointment is somewhat the order of the day, unfortunately, as it’s a comparison that occurred to us, not often to the benefit of "Filth," throughout our viewing of the film. However, Danny Boyle’s modern classic doth bestride the world of the Irvine Welsh adaptation like a colossus, its shadow seemingly impossible to escape from, so there is a glass-half-full way of looking at it: “Filth” is undoubtedly better than also-rans “The Acid House” and “Ecstasy.” In fact, when it comes to capturing some of the gonzo, amoral, substance-fueled verve that Welsh’s novels can display, “Filth” can take the silver medal with its head held relatively high. And that it can is largely down to two things: all the rest of the cast, and James McAvoy.

VIFF '11: Paddy Considine's Directorial Debut 'Tyrannosaur' An Uneven Portrait Of A Damaged Man

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 18, 2011 5:59 AM
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The opening scene of “Tyrannosaur” is a real belter. Through near whiplash-inducing cross cuts, we are introduced to a night in the life of Joseph (Peter Mullan) as he drinks heavily and stews with unfettered rage on a barstool (and back at home with a sawed-off wood baseball bat that looks like a leftover from the “Gangs of New York” props department). Then he does something really awful: he kills his dog. He doesn’t necessarily try to do this; it’s more the product of his excessive drinking, nasty temper and hateful, cynical outlook on the world. But he still did it, and the audience will never forget this for the remainder of the film.

Watch: Trailer For Brit Drama 'Junkhearts' With Eddie Marsan & 'Attack The Block' Star John Boyega

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 7:24 AM
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While "Attack The Block" didn't quite light up the box office this summer, the alien invasion flick firmly established itself as a new cult classic of the genre, and the film's star, John Boyega, emerged as a new talent to keep an eye on. Certainly, Spike Lee sat up and took notice, casting him in the lead of the HBO series he's producing. But before that, Boyega will have a small role in the upcoming British drama "Junkhearts" alongside Eddie Marsan, Tom Sturridge and Romola Garai, and it looks pretty promising.

Eddie Marsan Plans Shakespearean Directorial Debut ‘Pell Mell’

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 13, 2011 3:30 AM
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Roland Emmerich might be dementedly banging his apocalyptic drum of despair trying to disprove that William Shakespeare ever put pen to paper, but the playwright’s work has never been more popular, despite him popping his clogs almost four centuries ago. Ralph Fiennes already has his revisionist version of “Coriolanus” on the horizon, and just yesterday a more ethnically diverse version of “Romeo and Juliet” was announced, to co-star Vera Farmiga, Alan Arkin and Shirley MacLaine.

Lovely One-Sheet Arrives For Paddy Considine's 'Tyrannosaur'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2011 6:30 AM
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As big fans of the actor from his work in films as diverse as "Dead Man's Shoes," "In America," "The Bourne Ultimatum," "My Summer of Love," "Hot Fuzz" and, most recently, "Submarine," we've been hugely intrigued by "Tyrannosaur," the upcoming directorial debut from actor Paddy Considine. The film, an extrapolation of his BAFTA-winning short "Dog Altogether," premiered at Sundance to strong reviews, and we've had an eye on the film ever since.

Hi-Ho! Eddie Izzard, Toby Jones, Bob Hoskins & More Play Dwarves In 'Snow White and The Huntsman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 22, 2011 1:03 AM
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Eddie Marsan & Stephen Graham Also On BoardIn the battle to make anyone care about either of the duelling "Snow White" projects in the works, Universal just landed the first punch. Relativity Media's "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White" (a title that seems to be in some degree of flux) might have "The Fall" director Tarsem at the helm, Julia Roberts as the queen and Armie Hammer as the prince, but its rival, "Snow White and the Huntsman," is amassing a diminutive supporting cast that's really made us sit up and take notice.

En-Ra-Ha: Eddie Marsan Joins Bryan Singer's 'Jack The Giant Killer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 15, 2011 12:58 PM
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We're never one to begrudge anyone a payday, particularly when they're a character actor who's toiled away in theater and TV for years and who's finally managed to get a big break. Which is why we're pleased to see Eddie Marsan working so consistently these days. The actor's been working since the late 80s, but the last decade has seen him go from strength to strength -- kicking off with serious, auteur-driven pictures like "Gangs of New York" and "21 Grams," he's gone on to crop up in the likes of "Mission Impossible 3," "Miami Vice," "Hancock" and "Sherlock Holmes," while still turning out terrific performances in the indie world, particularly with Mike Leigh, in "Vera Drake" and "Happy-Go-Lucky."

Watch: Trailer For 'London Boulevard' With Colin Farrell & Keira Knightley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2010 2:07 AM
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Most Obvious Use Of "London Calling" EverSet to hit UK cinemas in four weeks, it's about time that a trailer for writer William Monahan's directorial debut "London Boulevard" hit, but upon viewing, it's easy to see why rumblings on this one were not positive and it explains the film's absence from any festival runs this year.

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